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Free NHS Health Checks in Surrey


If you’re aged between 40 and 74 and have not had a stroke or been diagnosed with heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease or diabetes then you might be eligible for a free health check. Having an NHS Health Check will better prepare you for the future and will enable you to take steps to maintain or improve your health.



Patient Choice and Shared Decision Making

Your choices in the NHS. Modern medicine is more a partnership between doctor and patient than ever before. The pages in this section include simple tips to help you get the most out of your local NHS services.

Choosing a hospital. If you need to go to hospital to see a specialist, you have the right to choose which hospital you're referred to by your GP.

Shared Decision Making (SDM) is the conversation that happens between a patient and their health professional to reach a healthcare choice together. This conversation needs patients and professionals to understand what is important to the other person when choosing a treatment.

Support Groups in Surrey

  • Cruse Bereavement Care - South West Surrey - provides a service to anyone bereaved by death who lives in the Guildford, Surrey Heath and Waverley Borough Council areas.
  • Food banks and Emergency Aid - a list of food banks in Surrey and Hampshire.
  • Guildford Advice Services (GAS) Network - a network of advice and information providers delivering services within the borough as well as those work with clients who have advice needs.
  • Surrey Arrhythmia Support Group - Surrey's patient support group for Arrhythmia patients hold monthly meetings in Epsom.
  • Surrey Against Domestic Abuse - a multi agency partnership in Surrey, made up of organisations that deal, either directly or indirectly, with the effects of domestic abuse.
  • Surrey Drug and Care (SDAC) - operates a helpline open to callers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to offer help and support for anyone who
    is concerned about the problems that drugs and alcohol cause.
  • Sight for Surrey - committed to working with blind and partially sighted people in Surrey, and to provide services so they may lead fuller, more independent lives.
  • TALK - a charity, part funded by NHS G&W CCG, that supports people with aphasia and their families in Surrey. We have six groups in different parts of Surrey offering long-term social support to people with aphasia.


Wellbeing Centres in Surrey

The Surrey Wellbeing Centres are local hubs of information and support services relating to memory loss, dementia and associated problems. They are open to anyone, whatever their situation and whether they are concerned about themselves or others. Carers, in particular, may find the Wellbeing Centre support and services very helpful in their caring role.

The Guildford Wellbeing Centre can be found at Guildford Wellbeing Centre, Park Barn Centre, Park Barn Drive, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 8EN. Drop by on a Wednesday between 10:00am and 12:30pm when staff will be on hand to assist you. Alternatively you can book an appointment for any other time or for further infomation please call 01483 458055.


Surrey Hubs

The Surrey Hubs are local centres that provide information and support to help people stay independent. They are open and accessible to everyone. Information and advice is available regarding support in the local area and help in accessing social care, health and other services. Weekly drop-in services are available with specialist advisors. The Surrey Hubs provide gateways to information, advice, advocacy and services to help more people to find the information they need to make informed choices about care and support options available in the community.

There are hubs in Addlestone, Camberley, Dorking, Epsom, Godalming, Redhill, Walton, Woking. Visit the Surrey Hubs website to find out more:


Surrey Information Point

It's important to know your options before making decisions about care and support.

Do you or someone you care for need information on local services, welfare benefits, health care, community transport or simply how to stay safe at home? Perhaps you're a carer and need to know how to get support to help you in your caring role?

There are several ways you can get the information you need:

Call: 0300 200 1005
Text: 07527 182861

Support for Surrey residents with Learning Difficulties & Disabilites

  • SEND Surrey - Surrey Local Offer - The Local Offer contains information about services relating to special educational needs, disabilities, education and more. Find local activities, groups and support near you and find information about how to access Council and NHS funded services.
  • Surrey County Council Disability Register. Helps anyone with a disability or impairment living within Surrey to be independent and to lead a fulfilling life. It opens doors to new networks and contacts, which you can use to keep informed and up-to-date with what is happening.
  • Surrey County Council Partnership Boards for people with disabilities - The partnership boards represents the interests of many organisations, including carers and service users.
  • Surrey Coalition of Disabled People - Working together to promote equality of opportunity and independent living for disabled people in Surrey. The Surrey Coalition is run and managed by disabled people for disabled people. The aim of the Surrey Coalition is to campaign and promote the rights of disabled people to have equality of opportunity and to live independently.  Visit the Surrey Coalition news pages for the latest news, updates and events.
  • Surrey Health Action - Promoting good health for people with learning disabilities in Surrey.
  • Disability Alliance and Network Surrey Newsletter – May 2014. The aim of this newsletter is to keep you up to date with the work of the Disability Alliance and Network for people with Physical, Sensory and Cognitive disabilities.
  • Learning for adults with learning difficulties or a disability - Are you a learner with additional needs or support requirements? Surrey County Council run courses for adults with learning difficulties and/or disabilities in North and South-West Surrey. These courses are designed to enable people with a learning difficulty or disability to learn new skills such as: art and design, ICT skills, pottery, performing arts, first aid, performing arts, textile crafts, gardening and many more. For further information contact the Customer Service Team on 0300 200 1044 or email, search for a course using course finder or view the course directory.
  • Surrey Library Direct Service. Supporting the residents and carers of Surrey with services for those with disabilities.
  • Surrey Police’s Pegasus ‘Help me help you’ scheme. The scheme is aimed at all people who have a communication impairment/disability and aims to help with their interaction with police and emergency services. Find out more via the Surrey Police website.
  • SmartAssist is a Surrey County Council online tool for you to identify pieces of equipment to help you live at home more easily. It is aimed at people who are either not eligible for adult social care help, or who, for whatever reason, have chosen not to be involved with adult social care. It takes individuals through a range of questions, developed by occupational therapists, and then recommends some suitable equipment, such as grab rails, bath seats, toilet seats and so on, and a local seller. The programme has also just been updated to also recommend telecare where appropriate. Find out more:

Support for the Gypsy Roma and Traveller community in Surrey

  • GRATIS helpline (Gypsy Roma And Traveller Information Surrey) All GRT people in Surrey can call the contact centre on 0300 200 1004 and ask for GRATIS. They will then be transferred to the Family Information Service, who have all done the GRT training.
  • Brighter Futures for GRT children and young people, a short film on YouTube to raise awareness of Surrey's GRT communities and of Brighter Futures.

Dementia Awareness

Dementia currently affects 1 in 13 older people in Surrey and this number is expected to increase by 25% by 2020. This is why we all need to play our part in helping those living with dementia to live well for longer. It’s the small things that count. Find out more about sources of Dementia help and support in Surrey via:

Surrey Telecare

Surrey Telecare is a partnership initiative set up by the District and Borough councils and Surrey County Council, to ensure residents can benefit from simple equipment that keeps people living independently at home giving family members peace of mind. More information is available via the Surrey County Council website.

One Stop Surrey

Worried about a neighbour or an older person this winter? You can support the residents of Guildford and Waverley live and age well by completing a simple One Stop Surrey, run by Age UK Surrey.

Fostering in Surrey

Surrey County Council is calling on its residents to learn more about fostering opportunities. To find out more, come along to a fostering Open Evening or visit for more information.

The School Food Plan – Free School Meals

There is strong evidence that well nourished children learn more, behave better and are more likely to achieve their full potential. Offering free school meals to children aged four to seven tackles obesity and diet related diseases and teaches children healthy eating habits early in life.

From September 2014, the Government is providing funding to enable primary schools in England to offer a free lunch to every child in their reception classes, year 1 and year 2. This is the Government’s school food plan. Surrey County Council’s Commercial Services is working with primary schools to fulfil this requirement, further information is available on the Surrey County Council website.

If your child will be in any of these year groups, you could save nearly £400 per year per child. You will need to register your interest to have a free school meal direct with your school. You will need to complete relevant paperwork so that your school can claim vital funding. Your school will provide relevant information for you on how it is managing and delivering this school food plan.

Surrey County Council Parents' Pages e-bulletin and magazine

Are you are a parent, grandparent or carer of a 0 to 19 year old (up to 25 years old for young people with a disability or special educational need)? Then don't miss out on the Parents' Pages magazine, forparents of 0 to 5 year olds, and the new twice termly e-bulletin, for parents of 5 to 19 year olds. They provide useful information and can help you keep up to date with what's going on.

Surrey Family Support Programme

This is Surrey's approach to the Government's troubled families programme and has been agreed between the council, Surrey Police and district and borough councils.  The Government has defined troubled families as those families that meet each of the following criteria:

  • families who have children not attending school
  • families who are involved in anti-social behaviour
  • families who have an adult claiming an unemployment benefit

This programme aims to develop effective family support for all vulnerable families which will see more adults in training, learning and employment, improved parenting skills, better family budgeting and more engagement in education. It will also improve partnership working across agencies and improve community outcomes, therefore reducing distress from anti-social behaviour and offending.

The Surrey Family Support Programme website contains contact details for the Guildford and Waverley Family Support Teams, guides for families and practitioners and a guide for practitioners making referrals into the programme.

Health Exercise Nutrition for the Really Young - HENRY in Surrey

Rising obesity rates pose a serious challenge to public health in Surrey with one in four children being either overweight or obese. An obese child is more likely to become an obese adult with an increased risk of developing obesity-related health problems including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.

Surrey County Council’s Public Health and Early Years teams have commissioned the HENRY programme (Health Exercise Nutrition for the Really Young) with the aim of preventing childhood obesity right from the start of a child’s life. HENRY has undergone a national evaluation which shows it is effective in producing sustainable positive behaviour changes in family eating habits and reducing physical inactivity. CCGs along with all health and care partners caring for families with young children have a role in promoting the HENRY programme to families.

For more information about the current list of available courses please visit the following pages on the HENRY website or contact Julie Kenward, HENRY in Surrey Project Manager, Tel 01483 225596/ 07850708069:

For more information about the Surrey Nurturing Links team, a Surrey based charity offering a range of training and services to support children, families and the professionals that work with them, visit their website

UK Power Networks Priority Services Register

Do you need extra support during a power cut or do you know someone else that would need extra support? If so, sign up to the free Priority Services Register run by UK Power Networks for the residents of Guildford, Waverley and the South East of England.

By joining the register, you will receive:

  • A priority phone number that you can call 24 hours a day
  • A welcome pack with useful advice about preparing for a power cut
  • Regular text message or phone updates during a power cut
  • Extra support from the British Red Cross

Who can apply

  • Customers who are dependent on medical equipment
  • Customers who are chronically ill
  • Customers with a disability
  • Customers who are visually impaired or blind
  • Customers who are hearing impaired or deaf
  • Elderly customers
  • A nursing or residential home
  • Customers with young babies in household
  • Any other case that you would like them to consider

Register for free on the UK Power Networks website.


Page updated:9 June 2014
Next review due:7 September 2014
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